Re: old old bike
it may be newer than that. raleigh made rod brake bikes into the 70's. it has a front reflector mount, too, so the pedals might be original (reflectors became mandatory in the US in the 70's, so if it's an import model it would come with them.)
it has "no welds" you can see because it's a lugged frame. the tubes are brazed into the lugs..
cool bike. not exceptionally rare. they made that style for 50 years.
tires are an odd 26x1 -1/4 or 1 -3/8. which can be hard to find. schwinn used the same numbers, but the tires are different diameter.